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HISTORY   AND    HUMAN   RELATIONS

thee with an everlasting love: therefore with loving-
kindness have I drawn thee ". It is a remarkable fact
that men learned about the nature of this thing calle4
Love by the very process of penetrating more pro-
foundly into the nature of God Himself. Here are two
ideas that grew together and grew into one another,
enriching and reinforcing one another at every step of
the way. Even in the Old Testament there emerged
indeed the picture or the pattern that does so much to
transform one's appropriation of the whole human
drama—the picture of God presiding over this world
of tumult and violence, of cupidity and fear, of struggle
and cross-purposes—presiding over it and drawing
upon it like a magnet, drawing men by the cords of Love.
Bitter suffering and unspeakable tragedies, great groan-
ings of spirit and repeated wrestlings with truth were
visibly bringing religious thinkers to this truth. In
the life of Christ the story reaches its climax in that
revelation which carries the greatest certainty of all,
though of all it is the most unfathomable—the revelation
that God Himself is Love. Of all revelations this is
the one which seems to bring us closest to the heart of
things and the centre of ultimate mystery. Here we
can feel that we have the key which would unlock the
whole secret of the universe if only there were not some
• little thing which 'we have just forgotten and which
would tell us how to turn it.

And in the development of this whole theme through
the Bible there emerges gradually but ever more clearly
the thesis which throws a more remarkable light upon
the nature of history, perhaps, than any other—a thesis